The Giganta, and we promise it’s not a Corn Plant, does inherit some nice characteristics from its much-maligned sister – it doesn’t require much attention, much light, or much water, so it’s the relative you can live with. If we land one on your front porch, here’s what you need to know:
Watering – This plant prefers to toggle between moist and dry soil, being able to sustain itself for relatively long periods with little or no water. So, we recommend infrequent waterings where the entire soil profile is moistened (we’re not talking mud here, but wet) and then allow it to dry down for several days and even weeks depending on the time of year. And, if it’s configured with a sub-irrigation system, it can go up to a month between waterings. See our watering guide for more information.
Light – Gigantas thrive in medium to bright light, where the leaves will maintain their characteristic yellow variegation. It can be sustained in low-light conditions and it will retain the variegation, it just won’t be as pronounced as it will in higher light. Your best placement is near a window where the plant can get some sun light – east-, south- and west-facing windows are best.
Nutrition – Gigantas likely will not need to be fed during the first 6 months after it has shipped. During this time, it will use the residual nutrients from nursery production. After 12 months, it can be fed quarterly with a complete fertilizer formulated for interior plants. If your Giganta is positioned on a porch in the south, it may need supplemental nutrition sooner than 12 months. Please refer to our nutrient guide for details.
Cleaning – Keeping your Giganta clean is easy-peasy. It’s long, strap-like leaves will collect dust; when it does, just run a wet cloth along the leaf pulling outward from the stem to clean it up. For spots where something else (besides dust) has landed on your plant, use a mild soapy solution to wet the cloth; then wipe. Easy-peasy.
Pruning – You should not need to prune this plant. In cases where a leaf gets spotty, the entire leaf can be removed without noticeably impacting the plant; if a leaf margin gets brown, it can be trimmed off with a sharp pair of scissors.
Bugs – Hardly a worry here, the Giganta is not a big target for pests. Scale, mealy bugs, and mites sometimes jump on, but they’re easily controlled by wiping the infested area with a soapy solution. It can take several intermittent cleanings to rid the plant of the pests.